Puneet Singh
Puneet's Story

Puneet joined Watsi on October 19th, 2013. 35 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Puneet's most recent donation traveled 1,800 miles to support Phikhirona, an 8-year-old student from Cambodia, to fund hand surgery.


Puneet has funded healthcare for 119 patients in 13 countries.

Patients funded by Puneet

Phikhirona is a shy 8-year-old student in grade one. Her family consists of her father, formerly employed near Children's Surgical Centre crafting prosthetic limbs, and her two elder sisters. One, aged 13, is currently in grade 5, while the other, aged 11, is navigating grade 4. Unfortunately, her mother succumbed to breast cancer several years ago, so her older sisters watch after her. In her first year of attending school, she has interest in Khmer subjects. Back at home, her cooking skills are being developed by her older sisters, who are teaching her how to prepare her favorite dish - fried pork with vegetables. Phikhirona was born with polydactyly of both hands and feet. This means that she has an extra digit on the side of both hands and polysyndactyly of her feet. On each foot, she has an extra toe that is connected, via fusing or webbing, to an adjacent toe. She faces difficulty wearing conventional shoes due to the presence of extra toes and fingers, and unfortunately, she endures teasing from other children as a result. Fortunately, on January 29th, surgeons will perform a polydactyly repair procedure to remove the extra digits of her hands. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $299 to fund this procedure. After surgery, she will feel more comfortable about her appearance, and she won't be ashamed of how her feet look. Her father shared: "I hope that the surgery will not cause any infection and the extra fingers will not grow back."

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Harriet is a 53-year-old widow with a bright smile despite a hard moment. She has been blessed with eight children, all of whom are married. Harriet is a small-scale farmer, as are all her children. Despite the challenges in her life, Harriet has always been supportive of her family with the little money she has. She lives in a two-room, semi-permanent house. Seven years ago, a swelling started affecting her neck region. Harriet also began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing, swallowing and inability to do basic chores. The swelling has caused disfigurement of her neck and caused a compression of the airway. Harriet has visited various hospitals in the past, where pain-relieving prescriptions were recommended but did not treat the condition. She decided to visit Nyakibale Hospital after hearing about it in her community. There, she was diagnosed with thyroid goiter and surgery was recommended to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Harriet receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 8th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Harriet says, “I think that God forgot about me as I have suffered for a long time, but now I hope to regain my strength and, with your financial support, I will undergo the surgery. Once treated, I will resume my normal life and continue farming.”

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